Art Event #2

for this one, I went to the Museum of Contemporary Arts in La Jolla to check out the Janet Cardiff exhibition for my sound design class.  Humorously enough, if you’re under the age of 25, you can get in for free.  of all the odd stuff she had that produced sounds two stuck in my head: the killing machine and the box theater.  as the name implies, the box theater is literally a miniature movie theater set into a wooden box.  when you put on the headphones however, it actually sounds like you are in an actual movie theater complete with the annoying whisperers that sound like they are behind you.  the other set, aptly called the killing machine, was rather unsettling.  featuring a dentists bed and various medical tools while being set in a bare iron girder box, the sounds that thing emanated brought back some childhood nightmares concerning hospitals.  my only gripe isn’t the exhibit pieces themselves, but rather the layout (it took me 30 minutes to figure out the entire place and find the killing machine which was in the “basement”).

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